Discovery, Liberty Global to take Lionsgate stakes

Discovery Communications and Liberty Global will both take shareholdings in Lionsgate Entertainment. This comes after John Malone, who has dominant stakes in both Discovery and Liberty, joined Lionsgate’s board earlier this year. Both firms will take 3.4% stakes – each equating to five million shares – in the Mad Men firm, from affiliates of MHR Fund Management […]

Netflix, Hulu and others to launch on Gear VR headset

Netflix and Hulu are among the major content partners that will launch apps for the forthcoming Samsung and Oculus-developed virtual reality headset, Gear VR. At the Oculus Connect conference in Hollywood, Oculus announced that it was bringing Netflix, Hulu, Twitch and Vimeo to the Gear VR, with TiVo, Facebook, 20th Century Fox and Lionsgate also […]

BT, AMC plots free Fear launch in UK

UK pay TV platform BT will make the first episode of Fear the Walking Dead available to all British viewers on its BT Showcase channel on Freeview. AMC launches on Friday (August 28) exclusively on BT TV, but the first episode of Fear, which launched in the US to record-breaking ratings yesterday, will debut on […]

US studio Lionsgate moves sales HQ to London

The British government has hailed a move that will see US studio Lionsgate relocate its international sales headquarters from Santa Monica to London. Several key executives such as motion picture group executive VPs Wendy Reeds and Crystal Bourbeau are making the move to the English capital, with several more executives being recruited for the new […]

Lionsgate, e-commerce giant create China streaming service

US media group Lionsgate has linked with Chinese e-commerce behemoth Alibaba Group to launch a subscription streaming service. Lionsgate Entertainment World (LGEW) will be an SVOD service for the lucrative mainland China market available through Alibaba’s latest generation set-top boxes. Lionsgate and Alibaba will jointly operate LGEW, which will offer Lionsgate shows such as upcoming […]

ProSiebenSat.1 Group extends Studiocanal deal

ProSiebenSat.1 Group has extended its contract with Studiocanal Germany, giving it exclusive free TV rights to productions from US film studio Lionsgate for the production period 2015 to 2017.  The rights apply to ProSiebenSat.1’s free TV stations in Germany, Austria and Switzerland and the deal also includes second pay TV and video-on-demand licenses. Future content […]

Amazon UK snags Mad Men and Lionsgate TV content

Amazon has struck a programming deal with Lionsgate UK for a range of content including Mad Men and Charlie Sheen comedy Anger Management. The exclusive deal means Amazon’s Prime Instant Video customers in the UK can stream the Lionsgate fare, which also includes comedy drama Weeds and country music drama Nashville. The agreement is a […]

Viacom takes stake in web content firm Defy

Entertainment conglomerate Viacom has taken a minority stake in web programming giant Defy Media. In exchange, digital channel operator Defy will acquire Viacom’s gaming companies Addicting Games, GameTrailers and Shockwave. Defy already counts Lionsgate, ZelnickMedia and ABS Capital as investors, and Viacom will now take a seat at the firm’s board. Additionally, Viacom and Defy […]

Wuaki adds Hunger Games, Expendables

European streaming service has added Lionsgate UK-distributed movies such as The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and The Expendables. The deal with Lionsgate UK will give Wuaki hundreds of hours of feature films, including recent releases and classic movies such as Pulp Fiction. Wuaki already offers movies from Warner Bros., Disney, Sony Pictures Entertainment and […]

Blinkbox re-launches UK VoD service with multiple studio deals

Blinkbox has signed deals with nine distributors as it brings back its ‘Try TV on Us’ trial programme. The UK VOD service last year launched the free sample by offering single episodes of programmes for free in a bid to hook in new customers. It has now scored deals with All3Media, BBC Worldwide, Entertainment One, […]